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Our first collections were brought together more than 200 years ago and we’ve been adding to them ever since.

From art to archaeology, history to industry, the natural and the wider world, they are amongst the UK’s finest with many recognised as nationally and internationally important. They can be seen on display across all our museums, in our stores or on our online collections search.

Here you can find out more about Bristol Museums’ collections – explore stories, read blog posts and see what’s on.

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Best of December: Christmas decorations

Now that the new year is here, we can showcase the wonderful photographs posted in December on our theme of Christmas decorations. We had some great responses.

Homemade seems to have been a theme in Bristol’s homes, this Christmas. Here is Lou Ar…

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Desert Island Doc: A festive feast at Bush Tavern

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Allie Dillon, Senior Archivist (Public Services) has chosen a bill of fare at J Weeks’s Bush Tavern, Corn Street, for Christmas 1790.

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December: Christmas decorations

Announcing the new theme for December: Christmas decorations!

We want to collect photos of how people in Bristol are decorating their homes for Christmas this year. Whether you’re putting up a tree, standing glittery reindeer on your mantelpiece or ha…

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Best of November: Living Rooms

See the best of last month’s #BristolAtHome photos on our Storify.

Some of these photos have been made part of the permanent collection, to be kept for the benefit of people in Bristol in the future. They might be used for research, in exhibitions or …

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Desert Island Doc: A charter for chocolate

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Graham Tratt, Archivist has chosen Walter Churchman’s letters patent, 1729.

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Bristol At Home celebrates Movember!

In case you missed it on Twitter, here is a lovely photograph of a chap with an extravagant moustache relaxing in his living room.

This photo dates from around 1900. Besides his glorious facial hair, this photograph is also interesting because it s…

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Desert Island Doc: In the air at Goram Fair

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Dave Williams, Archives Assistant has chosen a photograph of Acrobats at Goram Fair, Blaise Estate in the late 1950s.

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The Bristol At Home project

The #BristolAtHome project aims to get everyone in Bristol involved in recording our lives today and making them part of the museum collection for the future.

Many people think of museums as places which collect and look after objects from the past…

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Desert Island Doc: Blood for supper

Our staff and invited guests introduce their favourite documents from the Bristol Archives collections. For this edition, Sarah Taylor, Archives Assistant has chosen a log book of the trade ship Aid on a voyage to the Mediterranean, 1867.